Being a bass player is a conscious choice one makes as a musician. Generally, the role of a bass player is to work silently as others shine.
Yes, we do make our band sound amazing and, at the same time, let others enjoy the spotlight. We anchor the band, maybe shine for a moment or two in a 3-hour show, and walk off the stage, with great satisfaction.
However, as I was learning the bass guitar, I came across a number of challenges when it came to getting the right guidance. Since there were no good teachers around, I relied on my ear and some tablature websites at the time. YouTube hadn’t exploded with content back then either. It was really hard to find good learning materials.
It is important that when you start learning to play any instrument, you must look for instructions and inspiration from as many sources as possible.
One great resource in this day and age is YouTube, which is filled with tons of amazing content. As someone looking to find the best bass guitar YouTube channels, it is really important that you have a variety of lessons and styles influencing you, to develop your own style and possibly become a great bass player.
Therefore, to help you, I will list my top 9 YouTube channels for learning bass guitar.
List of Best Bass Guitar Lessons on YouTube
A bass teacher with a killer sense of humor: this is what Bass Buzz is all about. If you enjoy light humor and videos packed with great insights and knowledge, Bass Buzz is the right channel for you.
Josh Fossgreen is the founder of Bass Buzz and has carved a great way of teaching bass, adding elements of humour, excellent comic timing and characters to create a fun learning environment. I would highly recommend this channel to you if you are just starting on your journey to bass guitar mastery.
Also, if you need a structured course, you should check out this Beginner to Badass course, which is great if you are just starting out. However, there are courses for intermediate and advanced bass players as well.
“Noob Josh” approves. (Inside joke for regular viewers.)
Recommended for: beginners.
Cover Solutions is a one-of-a-kind Youtube channel where you will find bass covers of the most popular as well as obscure songs ever. This is a great resource to learn your favorite songs, as an onscreen tab follows the playthrough.
If you wish to learn a specific song, just slow down the video and follow along. Or you can just enjoy a great performance of your favorite song.
Sebastian Sanhuizer, the man behind the bass, puts a lot of effort into transcribing and playing the bass lines, and you can tell he has got great technical proficiency.
If you need a perfect tab and a video guide on how to play a song, check out Cover Solutions on YouTube.
Also, if you become a patreon, you can request any song that you wish to be covered and transcribed.
Recommended for: Everyone. (Even if you do not play bass, you will certainly enjoy your favorite songs performed live)
Scott Devie of Scott’s Bass Lessons is my favorite YouTube channel to learn bass. The channel has been around for about 15 years now.
Scott Devine is a professional bass player with over twenty years of experience under his belt. I enjoy his fluid technique and great timing.
Upon visiting the YouTube Channel, you will find all there is to learn about the bass guitar, all the way from theory, techniques, and exercises to build chops, rhythm, time-feel, arpeggios, etc.
You can access the full videos and courses at www.scottsbasslessons.com, which is a membership-based website and a bass guitar education resource. There, you will find some of the greatest bass players alive as faculty.
Based on testimonials, user reviews, and being a subscriber of the channel, I can assure you that Player’s Path is the best way to learn bass guitar online.
Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced players.
Daric is an awesome bass player with out-of-this-world chops and a wonderful on-screen persona.
When he speaks, it is almost like a good friend is giving you advice on bass, probably due to his involvement in the gospel music scene.
Daric has played bass pretty much all his life and gives lessons for beginners to advanced players and also motivates students with his love of music.
The first thing I noticed was his bass-face. You just know he loves to play.
This channel is all about quick lessons that involve usable tricks and tips, exercises to fix technical problems, technique lessons for beginners, gospel licks for all levels of practitioners.
You can join the email list for his free bass lessons from his website and also get a free trial of the Bass Nation course at www.daricbennett.com
Recommended for: Advanced gospel players.
Travis Dykes is a professional bassist from Nashville, and his YouTube channel provides great lessons and insights on gospel, funk, R &B, Dance, Hip-Hop, and an array of different styles.
He has got killer chops on the bass and will show you, beginner, to advanced level grooves and fills in the funk, gospel, and blues genre.
He also shares his experiences as a gigging professional, his insights on making it in the music business, etc.
Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced players wanting to go pro.
As an Indian, watching Anthony play makes me proud. The man has incredible technique and improvisation skills. My jaw-dropping moment came when he casually played smooth solos while talking to the camera.
You will be astonished at the ease of his playing.
The channel features lessons on many aspects of playing and he presents everything in a very chilled-out manner with short videos, but lots of useful material and content.
Keep in mind that this is not for someone that is looking for exercises on techniques or tablature, Anthony likes to share his thought process, philosophy, and experience, a rich resource for anyone looking to develop the psychology of a bass player.
He breaks down the principles that he is using into simple, easy-to-understand chunks.
Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced, and even professional bass players.
Bass lady, i.e., Agape Blessing is a Nigerian bass player who is a great all-around bass player and covers many aspects of bass playing but specializes in gospel music.
There’s a ton of content to watch on her channel and if you are an aspiring gospel player, check out her channel for insights like gospel standards, using modes in the gospel, and you might also find a cover of your favourite song on there as well.
There is no strict teacher-student dynamic when you watch her videos, which I like very much.
Recommended for: All levels of practitioners.
Okay, this might not be a full-blown bass channel, but I had to include it on the list. Adam is a Berklee College of Music pass out and works as a bass player and music educator.
His playing is out of this world and his YouTube channel is Dexter’s Laboratory for musicians. I admire his analysis and explanation of complex musical concepts.
The YouTube channel started with bass guitar lessons, which morphed into an all-around music theory channel with over 1.5 million subscribers.
For true lovers of music theory, Adam’s your man. He touches on every area of music theory and composition and occasionally brings some bass action as well.
Recommended for: any music lover
A lot of my fellow Indian bass players would agree that there is a huge gap when it comes to bass education focused on Indian music and songs. Not to mention the difficulties many of us face while learning from English-speaking bass players.
With over around 14, 000 subscribers and steadily growing, The School of Bass is one of the first YouTube channels to cater to the Indian audience.
The School of Bass is the bass education channel of Saurabh Suman, who is a professional musician and music educator in India.
Saurabh covers all of the basics of scales, arpeggios, walking bass, and general bass playing as well as advice on all areas of bass playing and practice. He is very thorough in his presentation and keeps everything very simple at every stage.
So if you want some straight edge bass lessons without any of the shenanigans, then Saurabh is a great guy to watch.
Recommended for: Beginners and Intermediate bass players